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-- to educate drivers about the potentially deadly consequences. fox 5's maureen umeh has the details. >> reporter: you've seen it, maybe even done it yourself. >> probably talking on the phone is probably the biggest thing. >> reporter: but there's also texting, eating, putting on makeup or sometimes worse all while driving. >> i admit once in a while i've looked at my e-mail at a light and all of a sudden the light changes and you're not going and backing up traffic. it's a problem. >> reporter: distractions that pose a danger on the roadways and fairfax county police are cracking down. >> it's really gotten to be an epidemic and it's very dangerous. that is the message we are really trying to drive home that even though it's not illegal to do some of these activities, it's causing a probable. >> reporter: a recent study by the virginia tech transportation institute shows nearly 80% of all crashes and 65% of all near crashes involve driver in attention due to distraction. >> i say the most important thing about driving is alertness. it's not so much ability but alertness. >> reporte
of prince georges county is heating up. fox 5s maureen umeh is live with more now and the top contenders. >> reporter: democratic voters in prince georges count have five candidates vying for the see. they're sheriff michael jackson and baker. both men are pushing improvements and change. today, they made their last- minute pitch for the vote. >> reporter: going door-to-door to get out the vote in prince georges county. >> and michael jackson ran for county executive. >> reporter: sheriff michael jackson and baker are making their final rounds, rallying support and trying to spray the minds of still undecided voters. [ indiscernible ] >> reporter: both candidates are campaigning on three main issues: education, economic development and crime reduction. >> i'm the only executive in the race. the only person that led an agency. >> reporter: he believes he's best qualified to tackle the job and he was born and bread t in the county, holding several positions, including teaching. he believes that makes him better suited to address students' needs. school unions are endorsing him. >> my name
. >>> but we begin with this shocking scene. hanks thanks for joining us. i'm maureen umeh. >> and i'm laura evans. it was just over 24 hours ago this car jumped off the road, hit two women and ran right into a d.c. restaurant and the driver behind the wheel was way over the legal limit. fox 5's wisdom martin is live to start us off tonight. >> reporter: that car gan, but the mess remains in front of the is gone, but the mess remains in front of the restaurant. the two women who were hit remain in the hospital fighting for their lives and the driver faces serious charges of driving while intoxicated and aggravated assault. according to charging documents, chamica adams was intoxicated when she hit julie backliner, a student at johns hopkins and melissa basque before crashing into a restaurant. her blood alcohol content was .18, more than two times the legal limit. d.c. police say 23-year-old adams seen here in handcuffs was driving a 2007 dodge charger southbound on 18th street when she hit two women standing on a traffic island. police say adams continued across florida avenue, jumped the c
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